Monthly Archives: July 2010

Hew Locke

I want to find out more about Hew Locke. Or, what I mean is: I want to see his work in the flesh and I want to see it now. Thanks to Matthew Kolakowski and Jane Eyton (you will never … Continue reading

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Julian Richards

is fabulous understated good at choosing wives now here.

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limited, arrogant and self-satisfied

No, I’m not talking about him again. I’m referring to Gabriel Josipovici’s views on the state of contemporary British literature. As someone prone to so much self-doubt it’s not funny, I rather settled on this line, towards the bottom of … Continue reading

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as you don’t like it

Thanks to Barbaric Document, I have been reminded of the awful things I got up to, years ago, when I worked in this cafĂ©: I was a teenager. We were very badly paid. Exploited, you might say. So to help … Continue reading

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South African press on LRB letter

Race row over baboon essay at the Sunday Times by Rowan Philp is an interesting piece for anyone who wants to know more about the view from South Africa and some (limited) background on RW Johnson. (It does not talk … Continue reading

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LRB & RWJ climbdown etc

For those who defend RW Johnson’s reputation and track record – and even his explicit linking of baboons and African migrants – on the grounds that he was an anti-apartheid activist of some merit (although there is quite some reason … Continue reading

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Jay Smooth on telling people they are racist

‘I don’t care about what you are, I care about what you did.’ Serendipity: this went up two years ago to the day that Gary’s pieces went up in the Guardian: part one & part two. Happy anniversary Jay Smooth. … Continue reading

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